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IDC 4O Interdisciplinary Studies
Instructor: Mr. Robert D'Alessio   

Students will develop strategies to consider constructive options that effectively solve problems in daily life.  This course offers appropriate self-awareness and communication skills development and understanding of thinking patterns to develop goal-orientation strategies.  The course serves to enhance understanding of what it means to be successful by analyzing both psychological and sociological theories on approaches to the significance/influence of mental health on overall well-being. Specific skills that are to be developed include:
-emotional and cognitive awareness and understanding
-bodily awareness and coordination
-interpersonal awareness and skills
Gord Downie Canada 150 We Day July 2, 2017
TED TALK: Canada's State of Emergency
DNA Connections
Palidromic poem

Worst Day Ever?

by Chanie Gorkin

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don't try to convince me that
There's something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don't last.
And it's not true that
It's all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one's surroundings are good
It's not true that good exists
I'm sure you can agree that
The reality
My attitude
It's all beyond my control
And you'll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

8 stages of Life acc2: Erikson
Erik Erikson and Eight Stages of Life
Transition: progress or change from one place, state, or condition to another
Each stage of Erikson's theory represents a challenge or conflict an individual is faced with. If the challenge is successfully resolved, the individual makes a healthy transition to the next stage having acquired experiences and understandings to help resolve the challenges of following stages. Failure to adequately deal with the challenges of a particular stage makes resolving the conflicts of following stages more difficult.
1. Infancy: Trust vs. Mistrust
2. Early childhood: Autonomy vs. Doubt and Shame
3. Play age: Initiative vs. Guilt
4. School age: Industry vs. Inferiority
5. Adolescence: Identity vs. Role Confusion
6. Young adulthood: Intimacy vs. Isolation
7. Adulthood: Generativity vs. Stagnation
8. Mature adulthood: Integrity vs. Despair
To think about: What are some of the tasks adolescents must deal with to establish a clear, healthy identity?
Dr. Bob Wright:
three different types of happiness-- the hedonic (pleasure related), engaged happiness (activity related), and the highest level-- meaningful happiness (when a person has a sense of importance that what they are doing is contributing to others).
Dr. Bernard Beitman:
is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences and has developed a scale to measure coincidence sensitivity. He discussed the different types of coincidences, the meanings behind them, and who is more likely to have them. "A coincidence is the intersection of two independent life events that brings the person who observes that intersection some surprise and wonder. The surprise and wonder is usually generated by the low probability of those two events," he explained. According to his research, the most common type of coincidence is 'thought-environment-connection,' such as thinking of an idea and then seeing it on the Internet, TV or other media. The person experiencing a meaningful coincidence often has more to do with creating it than is generally recognized, and individuals who tend to be more spiritual or intuitive more easily connect thoughts in their minds with events around them, he explained. Beitman also related coincidences to what he calls the "psychosphere" a dynamic flux of energy information surrounding us, and "simulpathity" a kind of inner GPS capacity we use to find our our way to people, things, and ideas without knowing exactly how we got there.
Personality Type (Family Life)
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most well known personality model in the world. Using four dichotomies (opposite pairings), the MBTI sorts individuals into 16 different personality types.
1) Extrovert vs. Introvert - Preferred focus of attention.
Extroverts prefer to focus on people and things. Introverts prefer to focus on inner thoughts and ideas.
2) Sensing vs. Intuition - Preferred way of gathering information.
Sensing individuals prefer concrete, factual information gathered through the five senses.
Intuitive individuals prefer abstract or theoretical information associated with 'hunches' or 'gut feelings.'
3) Thinking vs. Feeling - Preferred use of information in decision making.
Thinking individuals tend to be logical, analytical, decisive and very 'black and white' when making decisions. Feeling individuals tend to give greater consideration to the impact their decisions have on their relationships, and are more likely to make decisions based on their values and the greater good.
4) Judging vs. Perceiving - Preferred lifestyle or way of relating to the world.
Judging individuals prefer order, structure, and control.
Perceiving individuals tend to be flexible, adaptive, spontaneous, and prefer to 'wait and see.'
Business Writing Grammar Links
Dyer's 6 Keys to the GOOD LIFE
Wayne Dyer: Essential principles for finding your way to an inspired life, these include:
1) Be independent of the good opinion of others
2) Be willing to accept the disapproval of others
3) Stay detached from outcomes
4) Know that we need nothing/no things to be inspired
5) Don’t die wondering
6) Remember that our desires won’t arrive on our schedule. (I’m reminded here of an old quote that goes, “If you really want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”)
The good life
Thoreau: "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Ignite the Light
In our school board, our board theme for 2015 is “Ignite the Light.” Igniting the Light means treating each other with love and the utmost kindness so as to stand out as children of the Light which we are called to be. I seek to share with students, the famous story of “The Rabbi’s Gift.” Simply by teaching a group of monks that the Messaiah was amoung them, they treated each other with love and the utmost kindness and respect which in turn inspired people infinitely. The story can be found here if you have not read it before:
#TrendThink is our own class hashtag this semester for use in our discussion board and on Twitter to promote social commentary and class-inspired observations regarding social justice and potential paradigm shifts #paradigmshift
Tuesdays With Morrie
Film: ​
Why do bad things happen?
Consider this: In Star Trek Voyager (Season 3), there is an episode where the Doctor (a holographic artificial intelligence) creates a holographic family, but B'elanna Torres thinks that the Doctor's simulation is too "nice" (in a "Leave It To beaver" sort of way). She introduces some alterations to the program to make the simulation more accurate to real life: a wife who often disagrees, a rebellious teenage son, and a daughter who is sure she knows better than her doting father. When his daughter, Belle, is critically injured, the Doctor must make a choice, run back to his Voyager life, or face the harsh "reality" of losing a loved one. The Doctor shuts down his family program. However, Lieutenant Tom Paris says to the Doctor, “I guess all of us would avoid that kind of pain if we could. But most people don't have that choice. To which the Doctor replies, “Well, fortunately I do.” Then, Paris asks, “Is it so fortunate? You created that program so you could experience what it's like to have a family. The good times and the bad. You can't have one without the other.” The Doctor says: “I fail to see why not.” Paris responds: “Think about what's happened to us here on Voyager. Everyone left people behind, and everyone suffered a loss. But... look how it's brought us all closer together. We found support here, and friendship, and we've become a family, in part because of the pain we shared. If you turn your back on this program, you'll always be stuck at this point. You'll never have the chance to say goodbye to your daughter. Or to be there for your wife and son when they need you. And you'll be cheating yourself of the chance to have their love and support. In the long run, you'll miss the whole point of what it means to have a family.”
Good stress
General steps to following through on a project

2. Brainstorm ideas

3. Create Outline

4. Conduct Research

5. Revise Outline

6. Conduct more Research

7. Reference Research (

8. Write Rough Draft- turn your outline points into sentences

9. Proofread & Edit

10. Write Final Draft
Edgar A. Guest
“He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn’t be done, and he did it”.
Improve Your Mind (Bishop Sheen)
I too am American
"...But one plus one has never equaled two. They are in fact no numbers and no letters. We've codified our existence to bring it down to human size to make it comprehensible. We've created a scale so that we can forget its unfathomable scale."
Confidence quotes
Poem: "Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters"
(Might this be the best poem ever about life?)
Plato quote
"And therefore, if the head and body are to be well, you must begin by curing the soul; that is the first thing."
Did you know?
People who write about their problems gain a host of benefits including feeling happier, sleeping better, and even getting better grades.
Max Planck, the father of quantum theory quote
“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and, therefore, part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.”
Cognitive dissonance
Cognitive dissonance
It’s one of the weirdest findings in psychology. According to cognitive dissonance, it’s difficult to hold two contradicting beliefs and so we adjust to one unconsciously, so that it fits with the other. A study done on the same, found that a task is interesting to a student if they are paid less to take part. We reason that since money was not involved then the task must have been interesting for us to do it. A boring task will become interesting because it’s hard to explain the behavior. This theory is unsettling because our minds seem to be performing rationalizations like this many times without consciously knowing. So how can you be sure of what you really think?
Famous Fear quote
Fear came knocking at the door, Love answered and nobody was there.
Old quote could apply to e-mails and texts now.
''The Moving* Fing*er writes and having* writ,
Moves on; nor all your piety nor wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your tears blot out a word of it."
From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Quote of the week

“Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.” -Marcus Tullius Cicero-

New class Links
1. As a follow up to the clips from the documentary Fahrenheit 911 Here is a link to the Bush speech that was delivered on the eve of the Iraq War:
2. As we conduct resilience surveys at the school, fittingly, we have a positive psychology unit. Positive Psy (law of attraction, mindfulness, positive thinking/aspects/affirmations/afformations, meditation, journey work, compassion-based philosophy, and the "Art of Allowing") Links:
-Deepak meditation:
-Dr. Wayne Dyer: Getting Into the Gap Lord's Prayer meditation:
-Wayne DYER talk:
-Are the World's great thinkers positive? And did Beacom make the list?
-Article: Can You Imagine cancer away?:
-Mindfulness video: Bruce Lipton & Wayne Dyer:
Marrianne Williamson:

On Coast to Coast AM last Thursday, Eldon Taylor, bestselling author, talked about Thanksgiving and the power of gratitude and positive thought. He explained that it's never too late to be happy and successful, and how being thankful is a major step toward moving forward and living a satisfying and fulfilling life. "The real power of gratitude comes from what we give-- when we're giving...we discover what gratitude means," he stated. He described turning things around with a suicidal patient, by instructing her to do one good deed every day, and write it down in a journal and reflect upon it.
Instead of focusing on negative ideations such as envy, one can adopt a "gratitude attitude," and by changing one's perception about a given situation they will change their reaction to it, he noted. Adopting a grateful stance improves one's karma and does away with self-pity, low self-esteem, and guilt, he continued. Further, if one focuses on gratitude for five minutes a day, they'll experience an increase in their well-being that's equivalent to a doubling of their income, Taylor suggested.
Key Term: Placebo Effect:
You are having a headache. You take some aspirin and a few seconds later, you are feeling so much better. Have you experienced this? Well, it can’t be as a result of the drug because the drug would need at least 15 minutes for it to kick in. This is what is called the Placebo effect. Since your mind knows you have taken a pill, you feel better. This effect is mostly strongest in medicine where pain is involved. A placebo of salty water (saline) would work just as powerfully as morphine would. The word Placebo is Latin for ‘I shall please’. In another study done, 80% improvement from taking drugs like Prozac was placebo. They could as well have taken the sugar pill. The placebo effect can be considered counter-intuitive because the body and mind are not separate. The Opposite is called the nocebo.
Dr. Dyer's top 5 most motivational speeches ever list
Count the f's
Take a look at this sentence and count the number of f’s in it: “Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.”
Does Santa Exist
DOES SANTA EXIST BOOK: Comedy writer, producer, and philosopher Eric Kaplan addressed the question of whether Santa exists, and also shared stories about his work on the TV series, The Big Bang Theory. "If you believe in Santa, it lets you preserve certain ways of feeling, and certain ways of looking at the world which are valuable," he remarked. Belief in the spirit of Santa might be called by different names-- it can be an expression of any divine force, which allows for grace, generosity, and forgiveness, he explained.
House Spirit
In native and ancient traditions, it was believed that all homes had a House Spirit. It was considered essential to connect with that Spirit for auspicious energy to fill the home.
Wayne Dyer's philosophy

"My favorite definition of success, which I’ve cited on numerous occasions, was offered by Henry David Thoreau in the mid-19th century at Walden Pond: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” I’ve italicized two words in Thoreau’s definition of success—dreams and imagined. What Thoreau is saying is so important to you today. Be willing to dream, and imagine yourself becoming all that you wish to be. If you live from those imaginings, the universe will align with you in bringing all that you wish for—and even more than you imagined when you were living at an ordinary level of consciousness, or what Thoreau calls “common hours.” Keep in mind the basic axiom—all that now exists was once imagined. It follows then that what you want to exist for you in the future must now be imagined. You’ll see as you read through these foundations for fulfilling your wishes that using your imagination involves more intensity on your part than just imagining an occasional wishful thought. You must first unlearn some of the ways that you’ve been misusing or squandering the capacity your imagination has for providing you with an unlimited ability to manifest all that you desire. Thoreau called it advancing confidently in the direction of your own dreams. Unfortunately, most of us have learned to do the opposite with our imagination, and instead regularly use it to develop mental habits of advancing in precisely the reverse direction of our highest dreams for ourselves. In my book Wishes Fulfilled, I also address in depth how to utilize the I ams and live from your I am God awareness, beginning with your imagination. Recall that I am God doesn’t refer to your body in any way. It refers to the birthless, deathless, changeless spirit that remains in all the changing forms your body takes every moment of your temporary life here on Earth. It is important that you recognize a few of the imagination missteps that will block you from fulfilling your unique desires. Remember that your imagination is yours and yours alone. You have the inborn capacity to use it in any way that you choose. No one else is responsible for your imagination. Anything placed in your imagination and held there ultimately becomes your reality.Nikos Kazantzakis reinforces this idea by giving these words to his fanciful character Zorba (in his book Zorba the Greek), who always lived his life to the fullest: “By believing passionately in something that does not yet exist we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” This is the power of your imagination when what you desire is imagined sufficiently to make it your reality. Don’t diminish this great gift by using it in a way that is antithetical to its I am God original nature. Perhaps the most common misuse of imagination is stressing what you don’t want for yourself. This is the largest category of misusing imagination. Start paying attention to general conversation, and you will be astounded at how incredibly prevalent it is. Imagining that finds expression in phrases like, I don’t deserve prosperity, I am always so unlucky, Things never work out for me, and I am unhealthy and cannot be healed, are the kind of ideas that may have been entertained since childhood. Highly functioning self-actualized people simply never imagine what it is that they don’t wish to have as their reality. Begin noticing and being careful about keeping your imagination free of thoughts that you do not wish to materialize. Instead, initiate a practice of filling your creative thoughts to overflow with ideas and wishes that you fully intend to manifest. Honor your imaginings regardless of others seeing them as crazy or impossible. Recall the words of Kazantzakis and passionately believe in that which is in your imagination and which does not yet exist on the physical plane.

Abraham Hicks teaching
Because others cannot vibrate in your experience, they cannot affect the outcome of your experience. They can hold their opinions, but unless their opinion affects your opinion, their opinion matters not at all. A million people could be pushing against you and it would not negatively affect you unless you push back. That million people pushing against you are affecting their millions of vibrations. They are affecting what happens in their experience. They are affecting their point of attraction, but it does not affect you unless you push against them. -Abraham Hicks-
Thought For The Day
“The glass is half full of what is.”
 “The sun never says to the earth,

'You owe me.'

Look what happens with a love like that.
It lights up the whole sky.”

- Hafiz

Your body is the cage?
"A traveler from India went to Africa to acquire some local products and animals, and while in the jungle he saw thousands of beautiful multicolored talking parrots. He decided to capture a talking parrot and take it back as a pet. 

At home he kept his parrot in a cage and fed him wonderful seeds and honey, played music for his pet, and generally treated him well. When it was time for the man to return to Africa 2 years later, he asked his parrot if there was any message he could deliver to the parrot's friends back in the jungle. The parrot told his master to say that he was very happy in his cage and that he was enjoying each day and to convey his love. 

When the traveler arrived back in Africa he delivered the message to the parrots in the jungle. Just as he finished his story, a parrot with tears welling up in his eyes fell over dead. The man was alarmed and decided that the parrot must have been very close to the parrot in the cage and that was the reason for his sadness and demise. 

When the traveler returned to India, he told his pet what had happened. As he finished his story, the pet parrot's eyes welled up with tears and he kneeled over dead in his cage. The man was astounded, but figured that his pet died from the despair of hearing of the death of his close friend back in the jungle. 

The trader opened up the cage and tossed the dead bird outside onto the trash heap. Immediately his pet parrot flew up to a branch on the tree outside. 

The trader said to him, "So, you are not dead after all. Why did you do that?" 

The parrot answered, "Because that bird back in Africa sent me a very important message." 

"What was the message?" the trader inquired impatiently. 

"He told me that if you want to escape from your cage, you must die while you are alive."'
term: mindful parenting
Mindfulness-based parenting: Parenting while “paying attention, here and now, with kindness and curiosity”

(Dr. Amy Saltzman)

Poetry introduction
 From Dead Poets Society:
Communication in couple relationships
 All couples argue. The key is to "fight fairly." This allows you to validate. Tony Real's 5 losing strategies are: 
                                           1. Being Right
                                           2. Controlling
                                           3. Unbrideled self-expression (es. personal insults)
                                           4. retaliation
                                           5. Withdrawl
You have control over how you react.
Assumptions can damage a relationship.
Use "I" messages (not "You.") 
What's your take on this quote? Is it positive, negative? Do you agree? Disagree?
 "Punishment--A strange thing, our punishment! It does not cleanse the criminal, it is no atonement; on the contrary, it pollutes worse than the crime does." 
― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Dawn
Quote of the week
 Make sure your words are necessary, kind and truthful.

- Stefanie Gross

Reminder of the essay that was assigned in September

Title page: 5 marks

Bibliography (2 sources min): 5 marks

Mechanics: 10 marks

Paragraphs: 25 marks (1 introduction + 3 paragraphs + conclusion)

IDC4O Essay Topics:

First Essay (October)= Biography essay (pick a famous person who was a positive role model in the world)

Second Essay (November) (pick one of the following:


1.     Organizational Skills

2.     Business Communication Skills

3.     Media Literacy

4.     How to be physically healthy

5.     How to be mentally healthy

6.     “Inner Peace”

7.     Reki

8.     Mindfulness when it comes to relationships

9.     The importance of Compassion

10.                        The Importance of meditation

11.                        The Importance of forgiveness

12.                        The Importance of fortitude

13.                        Biographical essay on a positive key figure other than the one you chose for the biography essay

14.                        Dreams

15.                        How to Heal Your Body (mindfulness in speeding up a recovery)

16.                        Other topic of your choice as approved by teacher 

Final Exam Review

New material:

-Padre Pio


- sociopath, compulsive liar, pathological liar, psychotic, kleptomaniac, panic disorder, Schizophrenia , bi-polar

-0.10Hz in heart brain communication= self healing stage (immune system increases 100% for 6(h).

-the Earth’s magnetic field changed 15 minutes after the first plane hit on 9/11.




                A. Short Answer                                                     /61


                B. True or false                                                       /51


                C. Multiple Choice                                                  /18


                E. Essay questions                                                   /20



                Total:                                                                      /150


Section 1: Short Answer /61

1.        Who is Louise Hay? What is the name of her publishing company? (3)

2.        Give one example of a positive and one example of a negative affirmation (2)

Section 2: True or False: /451

1.        Genes control biology _____

2.        Adultery is the #1 cause of divorce. _____


Section 3: Multiple Choice: /18

1.        Happiness is 40% habits, and 10% _______________________.

a)        Luck or circumstances

b)       Health

c)        Lottery winnings

d)       Affirmations

2.        We have _________________ thoughts a day

a)        600

b)       6000

c)        60,000

d)       Anywhere from 1-5000


ESSAY QUESTIONS: (20 marks) (min. 1 paragraph answer)


Louise Hay, text, notes, journals,  Eckart Tolle, “pain body”, Mari Shimoff,  4 different learning styles

 Dr. Rossi (Harvard) 4 Stage Life Process, Milton Erikson/ “The African Violet Lady”, Stephen Whitely

Norman Vincent Peale, journals: “How We Decide”; “Detoxify or Die” (Environmental Toxins Stockpile in the Body, psychology,  ,  dreams, Rapport, Slumdog Millionaire, The Next Karate Kid

Jan. 6th test review
-"End of Food" journal; "The Power"; "Happy for no Reason." 
-Slumdog Millionaire 
-Positive psych./guest speaker notes 
More on dreams
 In the fall of 2013, on Coast to Coast AM,'s dream expert J.M. DeBord discussed the fundamentals of dreams, and dream analysis including how to use your dreams to benefit your life. He cited examples of how people use dreams to solve problems and get valuable information about various challenges. "Dreams are sort of like the holodeck on Star Trek where characters go to test themselves, to answer questions, to work through personal issues. Your dreams provide the same sort of simulations-- they present to you scenarios, and allow you to react to those scenarios," he commented, adding that your reactions can tell you a lot about how you might respond to a similar situation in your waking life. Dreams can be empowering and life-changing, and can connect you to your own source of inner wisdom. Everything you see in your dream is a kind of symbolism that relates to something in your waking life (typically something that has happened recently), though it may be exaggerated or blown up in order to make a point, he continued. DeBord shared his "1-2-3" approach to dream work-- "remember, interpret, and live your dream." He offered tips for remembering your dreams such as setting an alarm to wake up during the REM cycle, and noted that people are often the best judge of their dream's meaning, after they unlock their associations with the symbols. The idea of 'living your dream' has to do with making your dreams an active part of your daily life. "You look at what your dreams tell you and you apply it," such as in resolving a conflict, he explained, adding that dreams typically present a question or problem along with a coded resolution or answer. DeBord also touched on nightmares (the subconscious is trying to send a message that hasn't been understood in regular dreams), and shared dreams (a kind of mutual dream between two people). 
Positive Psychology and teachings of Dr. Ester Hicks
 "Since nothing matters to you other than your personal alignment with your individual goals or desires, then that is where our work is. We are not here to debate the rightness or the wrongness of what you, or anyone, chooses. We are not taking sides, for or against, anything. We are here to help you understand that your life can be as wonderful or as horrible as you allow it to be. It all depends upon the thoughts that you practice. And therein lies the basis of anyone's success: How much do I practice thoughts that bring me joy, and how much do I practice thoughts that bring me pain?" - Abraham

Selfies at funerals
 Are 'selfies at funerals' progressive or indefensible?
Philosophy of Science: new link
A recently released image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) appears to be a witch screaming out into space. The Witch Head Nebula, named after its resemblance to the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz, is located hundreds of light-years away in the Orion constellation. According to astronomers, the billowy clouds of the nebula, being lit up by massive stars, are home to baby stars. More at
IN-Class Essay
The In-Class Essay has been moved to Monday due to my absence on Friday as well* 
Test/Shadow Effect
 Due to my absence on Friday, the test was moved to Monday. We also will watch some more of "The Shadow Effect" and have our November meditation. 
The Rule of Opposites
 Rule of Opposites” (when we do what’s easy, life normally gets hard. When we do what’s hard, life gets easy.). 
Test Review
Wayne Dyer 
positive affirmation
types of learners
"Visual Vicky" 
What the Bleep Do We Know
The Law of Attraction handouts (eg. religion and law of attraction and the Buddah (etc)).  
Journal "Clean"
Journal "Sway"
Journal "You Can Create An Exceptional Life 
handouts: p.14, 16, 17, 19, 37

 p.29-42: compare and contrast visual learners with auditory learners; do chart p. 35; question p.36; charts p. 42

Oct. 24th
 Today, Oct.24th, we watched the remainder of the film “The Ron Clark Story.” Also, students completed a journal on the film: “What was it that made Mr. Clark succeed where many teachers before him had failed? What did he teach his students?" (etc); students were told that they have to make a scrapbook. It’s not due ‘till Dec.9th but they should start thinking about it. They will need to collect 10 articles between now and then that tie into course content; students told that they will have to write an acceptance letter. It is not due till Dec.12th but they should start thinking about it. They will need to think of a dream job or career that they want and imagine that they are being offered a job and write the acceptance letter that would be written by the employer; students were told that the test is moved to next Wednesday; txt work: students answer question on p. 26 in their text book in their notebooks; students read p.27 and copy both charts into notebooks; students read p.27-29 and list what others find challenging about visual learners in their notebook. 

Gandhi quote
 Slow down. One of Gandhi’s most illuminating observations reminds us that “there is more to life than increasing its speed.”
Charter of Values
The Parti Quebecois government in Quebec City has placed a bill before the National Assembly which would promote secular intolerance and deny rights to many Quebec workers.  The most controversial aspect of the bill would bar public sector employees from wearing any identifiable Religious clothing or jewellery (hijabs, kipas, turbans, crosses, etc.).  The Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops has come out in opposition to the bill. 
Read this
 After reading this status, you will realize that the the brain does not register the second "the." 
TEST Review
 What to study: 

1.      affirmation, Louise L. Hay, meditation, dreams, numerology, The Next Karate Kid rapport, HOW MANY THOUGHTS DO YOU HAVE IN A DAY ON AVERAGE? LAW OF ATTRACTION, THOUGHT EXPERIMENT,

Norman Vinceant Peale, Wayne Dyer

Einstein quote
 What do you think Einstein meant when he said...

“Imagination is more important than intellect.”  
Quote of the week
 Socrates: “He is nearest to God who needs the fewest things.”
From E-Sqauared
 When all is said and done , we’re down to 2,000 measly bits of information. Go ahead and take a bow, because even that’s pretty impressive. We’re talking 2,000 bits of information each and every second. But here’s the problem. What we choose to take in is only one-half of one-millionth of a percent of what’s out there. Let’s pretend that each dot of a pen point is one bit of information. I’ve been practicing, and the most dots I can reasonably make in one second is five. But let’s be generous and assume you’re a better pen dotter than I am— let’s pretend you can make ten dots per second. Again, we’re assuming each dot is a bit of information. To make as many dots as your brain processes in one second takes nearly three and a half minutes at your highly superior rate of ten dots per second . But if your brain were processing all the available information (400 billion dots), it would take 821 years!

Sept.9th/10 class
 -Thought experiments
-Key figures: Louise Hay, Norman V. Peale, Wayne Dyer, Marrianne williamson, Gregg Bryaden, Bruce Lipton
-journal: Louise Hay
-journal/lesson/discussion: dreams
txt: p.3-6 (skits)
-John of God
-work on essay
Journal #1 Sept. 3
 "We do not attract what we want. We attract who we are." 
New quotes
"I am patient with my needs, kind with my words, and respectful of my soft places." - Cheryl Richardson 
-"Being mindful of the present is an amazing gift. It sits on a metaphorical coastline paradise all by itself. With thoughts connected to what is simply NOW, one can find a surprisingly simple and unfettered gift. To be connected to the present, sans of fear and the past and future and fantasy; to be rooted in the present moment of life and your surroundings… Wow, what a feeling of clarity and reverence as I sit, simply soaking up sounds, sights and the thoughts driven by my mindfulness... Now its your turn!" - John C. Bader

 -Affirmation: "I AM a creative force each and every day; even when I don't realize it."

- "Be conscious about what you are creating in your life and the lives of others. It matters."

Gord Downie quote
 I don't think you can throw over science and research for ideology and not expect there to be casualties.

Quote of the day
 "When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Today's essay tip
Be careful with the use of the word "like" in formal essays. We usually use this word to compare one thing to another or as a simile. But it is too informal in an essay to say "...promising to not raise taxes is like promising jobs for everyone." It doesn't matter how logical or clear your point is, you should say: "...promising to raise taxes is comparable to promising jobs for everyone..." "Like" by defintion can only be used in its literal sense. Therefore, you can use it to say: "He likes pizza." "This dog likes cats." "Canadians like hockey." Etc. 
Joke of the day
 Joke of the Day: What did the Zen Buddhist say to the hotdog vendor? "Make me “One” with everything."
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Positive affirmations:
One Minute Inspirations:
Hugs Unlimited:
You Can Heal Your Life:
Positive Thinking:
Bringing Humour:
Creating Happy:
Live, Love, Learn:
Happy for no Reason:
Personal development:
Affirmations mirror:
Sending you Blessings:
The Brighter Side:
Words to Ponder:
How to be healthy/Dr. Amen:
Positive affirmation iMirror app:
Heal Your Life:
Dec.21st meditations
Dec,11 in-class work
 Please put the following affirmations in order from least to most effective:

                               I learned to play the piano

                               It’s easy to learn to play if you have good teachers

                                Playing the piano is divine

                                I wish I could play the piano

                                I like to play the piano

                                I know how to play the piano

                                I am a piano player

                                Playing the piano is important to me

media quote of the day
 ‎"A newspaper is a device incapable of distinguishing between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization" - George Will

scrap book outline
 Scrap Book 
Cut out 6 course related articles from papers, magazines, Internet (etc), and cite your sources.  Write one paragraph (or more) summarizing the articles and 
how they relates to the course or health (physical and/or mental)...
the future of business.
You should have some sort of brief Intro & conclusion.
          Mechanics-----12 marks 
6 articles----6 marks. 
Use of more than one source-----4 marks
          Summarizing skills----10 marks
          2 other articles---2 marks
          Intro---3 marks
Conclusion----3 marks
5. You may use a quality, crisp, clean,
 unbroken 12x12 scrap book with page
-protectors or traditional large 
FFA album; closes 
properly; all blank pages are
no reused pages
 within book
-contains a quality title
 sheet; table of contents;
 sections and page numbers
- All items in Table 
of Contents are present.
-# of pictures per event
 and/or per page is at an 
optimal level 
-Materials are secured with
 enough adhesive of the proper
Dreams- Coast to Coast
 As covered on Coast to Coast AM: Daniel Oldis talked about his research into lucid dreaming, and his recent work documenting inter-dream communication, where two individuals can send a message from one dreamer to another dreamer through the subconscious realm and the Internet. Explaining that lucid dreams can be observational as well as active, Oldis said that people can use these moments to work through issues such as conquering recurring nightmares.  One method for training to lucid dream, which Oldis shared, was "reality testing." This technique, he said, involves occasionally asking "is this real" while awake, which will become habitual, even when dreaming. As such, one will instinctively ask the question while in a dream state and then realize that they are in a non-reality.
Malcolm Gladwell
Part of good professional communication is being able to clearly identify your audience and purpose before you start writing. Doing this effectively will help you convince the audience to follow through with your requested action or to understand and rely on your information as credible. Many documents require such persuasion or authority. This assignment will exercise your use of professional pre-writing skills and analysis.

Instructions and Specifications

Please follow these carefully:

-Choose a real product or service that you have been displeased with. If you have never been displeased you will have to make it up.

-Find the real address to the company responsible for the product or service.

-Find the name of the person or department who would receive your letter.

 Min: 0.5 pages/3 paragraphs

-Letter must be free of grammatical errors. Letter must be polite and professional. Clearly communicate your issue and what resolution you are seeking.
-Finally, explain how the needs of the audience and the outlined objectives would be fulfilled by your letter:

·         What information would you be sure to include?

·         What information might you exclude?

·         Would you need to reword or carefully word any part of your letter?

·         How do you think you would organize your letter? Why?

-Use excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

 -Write your complaint letter using the organization and other information you planned in your memo to me.

-Use a formal tone and good mechanics (pay attention to punctuation!).

-Use a correct, formal letter format.

-Make sure to sign your letter before turning it in. 

forgetting much?
 New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses. “Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains. “Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.” The study was published recently in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
In the News
Regular coffee consumption has been proven to reduce the risk of mental diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer's.
Amazing fact?
 The average person looks at their phone 150 times a day.
hair dye
 Before using hair dye, check out these sites:

force of likeability
On Coast to Coast AM last night, Professor of Global Marketing Rohit Bhargava talked about the force of likeability which influences our decisions from who we vote for, to who we befriend, to what companies we do business with. In a world where we often don't trust the organizations around us, we turn to the people behind them to build relationships with, he explained. Bhargava differentiated niceness from likeability, suggesting that nice people are afraid to tell you the truth, whereas likeable people start with a base of honesty. People such as (the late) Steve Jobs and Simon Cowell, who have been seen as not nice, tell you the truth to your face, and are often liked because of that, he continued. One tip he shared for increasing your likeability is to practice active listening, making sure you understand what is said, rather than just waiting for your turn to talk.
Quote of the day
 Marianne Williamson
In our power to think about something differently lies our greatest power to make it different.
Submitting files
When submitting work, please make sure that you are using Microsoft Word, notepad, wordpad, or power point... I am unable to open other files such as Adobe/PTF or Word Perfect (etc)
being added as a member of the webpage
 If you add yourself to be a member of the page to be able to participate and receive updates etc, please let me know if you do not receive a confirmation as there are often technical glitches when adding members. Thanks.
Letter of acceptance
 Please note that the Letter of acceptance assignment and rubric are is now posted under files*
Values affirmation and prayer to angels
 I stand for something. My strength is the result of living my values.

Dear guardian angels, Thank you for clearing any cords keeping me bound to painful memories. I am willing to completely release any attachments to fear in exchange for gaining peace. I am cleared and serene…and now it is so!

Affirmation word wall
 1. Dalai Lama: "Study and practice are both very important, but they must go hand in hand. Faith without knowledge is not sufficient. Faith needs to be supported by reason. However intellectual understanding that is not applied in practice is also of little use. Whatever we learn from study we need to apply sincerely in our daily lives."

2.Do you want to waste your time and energy on elaborate excuses? or would you rather invest yourself in achievement?

3. "Get started now! and get the achievement well underway." ~ Ralph Marston

4. I seek freedom from ego and the conflicts generated by self-will. I will try to improve my conscious contact with God seeking the guidance and power I need to live in harmony with my world.

5. Hold the intention of detaching respectfully from any drama that may present itself today.

6.You are all in my prayers, and I am praying for your health, happiness, peace, abundance, guidance, and protection. Please feel free to add your prayers here,so that we can all pray for each other.

7. Imagine What if? Scenarios, and visualize your wishes coming true. Afterward, you may want to write down any ideas that came to you. Don’t worry if they seem far-fetched. Remember that you just tapped in to the Divine, and there’s something valuable and important within every dream.

8. In the silence between our thoughts, we find the possibilities of creative genius and spiritual awareness that elude us when we remain attentive only to our run-on thoughts." - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

9. I have the power to change my life for the better, and I am doing so now. I love all of the good mental habits I am learning, and I watch my life respond to my positive thoughts. 

10. Gratitude is our way of saying to all situations, "Welcome! I've been expecting you! Thank you for being here to help me learn and grow." We are always stronger, wiser, and filled more with peaceful power when we face each of life's lessons with this sort of grace. - Doreen Virtue

11. As a person who chooses to be forgiving, I feel: peaceful, happy, loving, caring, compassionate, empathetic, open-minded, openhearted, strong, in control, and admired

12. When I choose to take personal responsibility, I know I’ll be: loved, powerful,  creative, in control, admired, respected, healthy, caring, positive, making a difference in the world, supported by others, enjoying many fulfilling relationships, kind, and loving my life!”

Words of wisdom
 -"Today, forgive yourself for what you think you did or didn’t do."

-Affirmation: "I develop my courage by stepping out of my comfort zone."

-Radiate an energy of serenity and peace so that you have an uplifting effect on those you come into contact with. Your presence will make others feel calm and assured. - Dr. Wayne Dyer

Be well
 "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi
More Affirmations :)
 In his new novel, Paulo Coelho writes: "Life is the train, not the station." I agree.
Marianne Williamson:
Inner peace doesn't come from getting what we want, but from remembering who we are.
‎"You know and affirm that your body is a friendly place to live. You have respect for your body and treat it well. You connect with the energy of the God and allow it to flow through you." - Louise L. Hay
Our spirit can never be taken from us for it is the part of us that is eternal. No dis-ease can take it from us. No death can take it from us for spirit is eternal. It is the part of us that goes on forever. All the people we know who have left the planet are still here in pure essence and pure spirit. They always have been, they are now, and they 
always will be. - Louise L. Hay
There's no right or wrong time to meditate. Each of us finds our most comfortable time of day, so don't try to do this on someone else's schedule. You can slip into the gap frequently if you take advantage of a two-minute stop at a traffic light, a pause in a meeting, a trip to the rest room, or the time you spend waiting for an appointment. - Dr. Wayne Dyer
"The close of our age has been anticipated as an era of war, suffering, excess, and inequality. While these descriptions sound ominous, there is a bright side: although the darkness appears to be necessary, it also appears to be brief. We all know that dark experiences definitely exist in our world, and we don't need to look far to find them; however, there's also more to life than the suffering that the ancients foresaw. Even in our time of great darkness, the polarities of peace, healing, love and compassion are all alive, well, and abundant." - Gregg Braden
I do not have to be right and I can allow others to be wrong.
"You were made intentionally-that is, your entire being was carefully planned and well thought out. Everything about your true self is perfect! Remember your Divinity throughout the day, and honor your holiness in all of your actions. Know that everyone is part of your holy family." - Doreen Virtue
Miracles are happening all the time everywhere. Sometimes they're eclipsed and you can't see them, but still they are happening. And they're happening on your behalf.
 I will share my gratitude with another today. I cannot keep what I have unless I give it away.
"I give thanks for every opportunity to demonstrate the power of Divine Intelligence to work through me. Anytime I am presented with a challenge, I know that it is an opportunity from God, my employer; and I quiet my intellect, turn within, and wait for positive words to fill my mind." - Louise L. Hay
There are many benefits to increasing your energy-frequency, including faster rates of manifestation and healing, clearer Divine communication, and a greater sense of peace and happiness.
Thought for Today: I look for opportunities to speak kindly to myself and others, using loving words to describe everything and everyone, including myself. I am a compassionate person, and I attract those who are the same. I am surrounded by people of this nature, and life is kind to me.
"mechanics" refers to grammar and communicatin skills. When submitting work, remember that spelling and grammar do affect comprehension (and your mark!). Incerrek spulling and gramma often make riting un-derstand-ible! The Spell checker will help, but remember that it is not perfect! You will still need to proofread you work. (See? Spellchecker did not catch the you that should be "your" right there)... 
Discussion Topics
Blog Entry Peace Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM Discuss
Blog Entry What Inspires you? Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM Discuss
Blog Entry OPEN LINE OPEN TOPIC Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM Discuss
Blog Entry FDA Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM Discuss
Blog Entry OTHER Class discussions Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM Discuss
Final Exam Review
Acceptance Letter assignment and rubric*
Major Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
Tips on making a complaint letter
Dreams/goals activity
Why Ducks Quack and Eagles Fly (story)
Wayne Dyer's 12 Steps
Dystopia handout
 Essay Plan.doc
Essay Plan
Essay Rubric
Essays 101
Essays 101
Essay tips
 Forget about those New Year.docx
New Years Resolutions (read this in February)
Fr. Paul guest speaker notes
 googleproject (dalessior1 v1).doc
2011: Google/Pepsi Refresh/5 paragraph bio essay summative*
Google/Pepsi Refresh assignment
course outline
 Occupy Wall Street.docx
Affirmations for Occupy Wall Street
 Positive Psychology.docx
Positive Psychology
Prof. Mark notes
 Richard Rohr.docx
Catholic meditation (Richard Rohr)
S. Whiteley guest speaker notes
Guest Stephen Whitely notes (updated Dec.2013)
 The Five P- pgs 98 to 150.pdf
The 5 People con't 3
 The Five P-pgs 1 to 46.pdf
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven
 The Five P-pgs 151 to 196.pdf
The 5 People con't 4
 The Five P-pgs 47 to 97.pdf
The 5 People con't 2
 The Studentaffirmation.docx
An affirmation by Mr. D'Alessio
No "Homework" exist(s)
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